This area overlooks the Pacific Ocean where you can enjoy either by looking at the marine life at Katsuura Undersea Park or at Kamogawa Sea World, or just admiring the beautiful scenary from Meisho Niemonjima, Seichoji Temple or Ubara Risokyo. The nationally famous Katsuura fishing port is well known for its large catch of bonitos. The first bonitos are landed in early spring. You should try the first bonito of the season. There is also a Fish Market in Katsuura, which has a history of 400 years and is held every morning except Wednesdays. There are about 60 to 80 bustling stalls where you can get a fresh Japanese lobster, called Iseebi, at reasonable price from October to March. This Market is near the station, only 10-minute walk from JR Katsuura station. Why not get up early and enojy the lively market when you visit Katsuura?
- 5th Meisho Niemonjima
- 4th Katsuura Undersea Park
- 3rd Seichoji Temple
- 2nd Ubara Risokyo
- 1st Kamogawa Sea World
1. Spot Ranking in Choshi – Kujukuri area
5th. Meisho Niemonjima
Meisyo Niemonjima is a small Island floating in the sea around the South Boso Peninsula, which you can walk around in about an hour and a half. You can go to the Island by a traditional hand rowing boat. This Island is called Niemonjima since it was once owned by Hirano Niemon who was the only person living there. This place is known for folklore of a samurai lord Minamoto no Yoritomo and a monk Nichiren. There are also stones with Matsuo Basho’s haiku inscribed on them. The ocean surrounding the Island is clear blue. You can enjoy gathering shells and crabs in spring and bathing on the beach in summer. Since there are flowers blooming in every season, it is good to stop to look down the beatiful flowers.
The hours is 8:30-17:00, but the boat might be cancelled depending on the weather. It costs \1,500 for an adult.
To go to Niemonjima, get off at the JR Hutomi station, which is one stop from JR Awakamogawa station, and 12-minute walk to the port. Or you can also take a bus or taxi from JR Awakamogawa station.
4th. Katsuura Undersea Park
Katsuura Undersea Park is designated as a national undersea park in order to maintain the view. Its main facility Undersea Observation Tower opened in 1980. It is located 60 meters away from the shore, being one of the biggest observation tower in East Asia. There are 24 windows at the lowest floor of the tower where you can see a lot of fish and the bottom of the sea every season. On top of the tower, there is a deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. However, when the weather is bad, you may not be able to see the underwater.
The hours is 9:00-17:00(last entry is at 16:30) and open throughout the year. The fee is \960 for an adult(highschool students and older), \470 for elementary and middle school students and \210 for a child over 4 years old.
To go to Katsuura Undersea Park from JR Awakamogawa station, get on JR Sotobo line to Katsuura station and take a taxi for about 7 minutes. Or get off at the JR Ubara station and walk for 15 minutes.
3rd. Seichoji Temple
Seichoji Temple is the main temple of Nichiren school of Buddhism where Nichiren declared the establishment of this school. At this temple, Kokuubosatsu, a bodhisattva known for wisdom and knowledge, is enshrined. There is a Sennensugi, an old Japanese ceder which is designated as a natural treature. The rising sun from the precinct of the temple is breathtaking. It is said that Nichiren first chanted the sutra toward the rising sun. The bronze statue of him was erected on August 30th 1923. Although Great Kanto Earthquake occured two days later, the statue remained intact.
The hours for the main temple is 9:00-16:30, but the gate stays open so you can enter the precinct after the hours.
To go to Seichoji Temple from JR Awakamogawa station, take a taxi for about 20 minutes. Treasure house costs \210 for an adult and \100 for middle school students and younger, but otherwise there is no fee.
2nd. Ubara Risokyo
Ubara Risokyo is a typical rias coast, a complex, indented coastline, that is drowned by raging waves of the Pacific Ocean. There used to be a plan to make this area into a holiday villa, which is why it is called Risokyo, literally meaning a Utopia. Trees and plants are grwoing all over the inlets to the end of the cape. Many writers and artists have visited this place. The scenary is so beautiful that it inspired them on their works.
If you go hiking, it takes approximately one hour and a half. There is a cillf on the tip of Hakuho misaki, which is 650 meters away from Taoyamedaira where there is a bench with a bell, so you should stay away from Hakuhomisaki.
To go to Ubara Risookyo from JR Awakamogawa station, get on JR Sotobo line to JR Ubara station and walk for 10 minutes. There is no entrance fee.
1st. Kamogawa Sea World
The killer whale show is a must-see when you visit Kamogawa Sea World. It is the first place that started the killer whale show in Japan in 1970. You can also touch a dolphin on a purchace of a separate ticket. There are all kinds of events throughout the year, which is perfect for every season.
The hours is 9:00-16:00,-16:30, or -17:00 depending on the day. Please check out their website. The 1 Day ticket is \2,800 for an adult, \1,400 for a child, and \2,200 for over 65 years old.
To go to Kamogawa Sea World from JR Awakamogawa station, take a free bus. It takes about 10 minutes.
2. Getting to Kamogawa, Katsuura and Onjuku(Awakamogawa station) from Tokyo
From Tokyo station, take Express Wakashio No 5 towards Awa-Kamogawa Station. Duration is 2 hours. The price is 4,130 yen.
3. Other Area List
Mt. Nokogiriyama, Kisarazu and Futtsu
Kamogawa, Katsuura and Onjuku
Yoro Keikoku – Otaki
Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura
Choshi – Kujukuri
Narita, Sahara and Sakura
Chiba City, Funabashi and Matsudo